Include Gays in the Fight Against HIV

Published: June 3, 2010

Include Gays in the Fight Against HIV

BEIJING: A former senior health official has urged local health authorities to eliminate discrimination against gay men and to enlist their involvement in China’s fight against HIV/AIDS.The government is currently capable of reaching less than 10 percent of the country’s gay population who are at high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, in order to intervene if an epidemic is in danger of breaking out, former vice-health minister Wang Longde told China Daily on the sidelines of the National People’s Congress (NPC) session.

"The low intervention rate seriously undermines the nation’s efforts to curb HIV/AIDS from spreading among the entire population, particularly when sex has become the primary means of new infections in the nation," he warned.

Only when 60 percent of high-risk groups like gay men are capable of being reached by effective interventions can the disease be prevented from spreading among the general public, according to the World Health Organization.

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